Oct
23

The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a special Veteran’s Day concert.

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of the U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components.  These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours.  They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities.  The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals.  The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas.  More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

Event is FREE but tickets are required due to demand.  Tickets can be picked up at the Egyptian Theatre box office during box office hours (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 3-6 PM) or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the box office (135 N. 2nd Street, DeKalb, IL 60115).  Questions? Contact our box office at 815-758-1225.

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Oct
09

Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Mike Super

Interview conducted by: Jesse Moore – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Mike Super is a world-class magician whose passion for the art can be summarized with one-word…Obsession! Mike’s ever-growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious awards and honors. Despite this, Mike humbly insists, it is the loyalty of his fan base that has been the most rewarding part of his career. Mike has astonished millions of people with his craft as he transcends the “trick” in order to connect more personally with his audience. Today, Mike Super is one of the world’s most sought after mystifiers. We recently interviewed Mike about his current tour and upcoming show at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Jesse: You are renowned for your special brand of entertainment. Would you say that performing is something that comes naturally to you?

Mike: I have always enjoyed performing for people, so I would say performing and entertaining are in my blood.

Jesse: How do you renew yourself after a tour with so many shows in so many cities?

Mike: Well, the tour is so much fun because I’m always connecting with my fans and listening to a responsive audience. Yet, time home with my family helps to relieve a lot of the stress from always being on the move.

Jesse: You will be doing a meet-and-greet with some of the Egyptian Theatre audience. Why is it important for you to get personal with your audience?

Mike: Foremost, I’m a people person. I truly enjoy meeting the audience after a show so that I can get their reactions and thoughts first-hand.

Jesse: The Egyptian Theatre has amazing sight-lines to the stage. Do you prefer working with an audience that is so advantaged?

Mike: Definitely, the closer the better! It’s all about connecting with the audience, and the closer they are to me the easier that becomes.

Jesse: Is there a best part about leaving the audience in complete disbelief?

Mike: I want the audience to be laughing, smiling and having a good time. Although disbelief is important, it alone is not enough. My goal is to entertain which is multi-faceted. In other words, I work to connect with my audience in a way that triggers a range of emotions throughout the show.

Jesse: Why is the Egyptian Theatre an important stop for you to make on this tour?

Mike: Simply, I love performing. It’s an honor each and every time that I get to share my craft with an audience. I want to help people escape the pressures of everyday life, even if for only 90-minutes at a time.

Jesse: Your current tour will take you to a variety of stages of different size and proportion. Is it necessary to change your act in order to suit each specific venue?

Mike: Magic is a specialty art so there are changes I must make to each show depending on the stage. Unfortunately, most of those changes are secret magic stuff and a good magician NEVER reveals his secrets.

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Oct
05

Backstage at the Egyptian: Here Come The Mummies

Interview conducted by: Jesse Moore – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Here Come The Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. It’s been a long and dusty road since 1922 when the unearthed ruins of an ancient disco revealed a dozen undead Egyptian Mummies throwing down their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave!” Their story is murky at best, but we do know of the powerful curse keeping these saucy specters grooving until they find the ultimate riff, the one that may finally allow their spirits to rest. We recently interviewed Mummy Cass and Midnight about their band’s upcoming show at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, October 7.

Jesse: What do you think your fans get out of seeing such mystifying creatures in action?

HCTM: We are a blank canvas that our audience can paint their own fantasies onto which is Far Out! WE aren’t even sure who we are so there is plenty of room for that.

Jesse: We cannot wait to see some real-life Egyptian Mummies rocking the Egyptian Theatre. Do you think this venue will provide a once-in-a-lifetime show for the audience?

HCTM: For mortals like YOU, yeah this is going to be a once or at best several-times in a lifetime event.

 

Jesse: Why is the Egyptian Theatre an important stop for the ‘Friction Tour’?

HCTM: No matter where we perform, every show is our favorite while we’re playing. Dig? We really don’t have a choice; we are doomed to keep funking our audience’s brains out.

Jesse: What kind of experience does your show provide that other concerts and live-performances just cannot?

HCTM: This is going to be a full-frontal assault on your inhibitions. The funk is sure to get into you and the whole thing is going to be a lot of fun.

Jesse: How do you manage having such a large group on stage, all at the same time?

HCTM: There are a lot of crashes and bent trumpets. This is the price of a bunch of re-animated Egyptian Mummies delivering the most “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave!”

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Oct
04

Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Jeff Chown

Interview conducted by: Jesse Moore – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Jeffrey Chown is an Emeritus Professor in Northern Illinois University’s Department of Communication. Chown helped develop NIU’s Media Studies Program which prepares students for career work. Chown first arrived at NIU in 1982 where he impressed all with his genuine modesty, and today he is revered in his community for bridging his passions for film with the interests of his students. We recently interviewed Chown about the Green Lens Film Series taking place at the Egyptian Theatre this fall that he helped organize.

Jesse: What makes the Green Lens Film Series necessary and how relevant is the material?

Jeff: This film series is necessary because I would argue that the number one issue facing humanity today is climate change. It is relevant because I wonder what kind of world my granddaughters will be living in.

Jesse: How did you first get involved with this film series?

Jeff: This series originated when Pat Vary suggested the idea at a DeKalb Stands  group meeting. I programmed my first film series in 1975 at the University of Oklahoma so had an idea of how it could be done. When major sponsors Nancy Proesel and Tapa La Luna came aboard, a number of community members got involved and pretty soon we had a six-film series!

Jesse: What is your favorite Green Lens film?

Jeff: Cowspiracy has been the most interesting. I had no idea that animal agriculture has such a profound impact on CO2 and Methane emissions.

Jesse: Why did you bring this series to the Egyptian Theatre?

Jeff: I love the Egyptian Theatre! One of the proudest moments in my career was seeing my Barbed Wire Pioneers play there. It is the ideal place for the town to come together.

Jesse: What is most important to take away from a Green Lens film?

Jeff: We need to raise societal conscientiousness about climate change. We need people to understand this problem and find solutions for our survival.

Jesse: The Green Lens Film Series is ongoing. What kind of community-wide changes do you hope to see after this series ends?

Jeff: I would love to see the community step up and donate to the Egyptian Theatre. With a new projector and screen, these films can play on the best possible display.

Jesse: At the Egyptian Theatre, the Green Lens Film Series is free and open to the public. What does this mean for you?

Jeff: We put any extra money into a fund for the next series.

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Sep
08

Concert Announcement!!! Liverpool Legends coming November 4

DeKalb, IL – Liverpool Legends are four incredibly talented musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison- sister of the late George Harrison of the The Beatles. Louise’s involvement in Liverpool Legends makes them the ONLY Beatles Tribute Band with a direct family link to the original Fab Four.  They will take the stage at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM.

“Each member of the group is so close to the originals that I often feel like I’m transported back in time with the lads.  These are exactly the kind of fun loving quality musicians that my brother George would have loved to hang out with,” says Harrison.

Liverpool Legends along with Louise Harrison were nominated for a Grammy Award for their work on “Fab Fan Memories” – a Beatles Bond.

2017 has been a very exciting year for the group as they toured The U.S. and internationally, culminating with a sold out performance for over 18,000 people at Arena Ciudad De Mexico, as well as sold out performances in India, Israel and Ecuador.

Liverpool Legends headlined at the prestigious Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, in front of 68,000 people (an audience larger than The Beatles performed for at Shea Stadium!). They are returning to the Rose Bowl this year for their 4th consecutive year!  Liverpool Legends also received national attention when they re-created The Beatles famed 1966 concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Liverpool Legends headlined at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City where The Beatles performed in 1964 right after the Ed Sullivan Show.

Recently Liverpool Legends were chosen over every other Beatles Tribute band in the world by top television and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Pirates of The Caribbean, National Treasure) to portray the band that changed the course of music and the world forever.

Celebrating their 12th season headlining their own production in Branson Missouri, Liverpool Legends have been awarded Best New Show, Best Band, Best Show, Best Tribute Show and received the prestigious Visitors’ Choice Award for Entertainer of The Year.

Members of Liverpool Legends have toured the world, playing in historic venues such as The Cavern Club in Liverpool and recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London. They have performed with Denny Laine (co-founder of Wings with Paul McCartney), Pete Best (the original Beatles drummer) and the Boston Pops. Liverpool Legends have appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool where 100,000 Beatles fans jammed Victoria Street to hear them in concert.

Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! Together, these four lads will bring you “The Complete Beatles Experience.”

Tickets are on sale now.  Reserved ticket prices range from $25-$40 with student discounts available.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.egyptiantheatre.org or call 815-758-1225.  The Egyptian Theatre Box Office is open for walk-up sales Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3-6 PM as well as one hour before events.

The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL is owned and operated by Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Annual support provided by First National Bank, Northwestern Medicine, Shaw Media, and Tapa La Luna.

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